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  • Aug 1, 1981
    MTV debuts in 2.1 million homes. The rock video channel periodically includes a country artist in its programming, giving occasional play to Hank Williams Jr., Dwight Yoakam and Eddie Rabbitt
    Sep 14, 1984
    MTV agrees to air Hank Williams Jr.'s "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" video
    Jan 1, 1985
    MTV's second cable network, Video Hits 1, debuts. Shows such as "Behind The Music," "Divas" and "The Storytellers" highlight numerous country acts, including Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson
    Mar 30, 1986
    The video for Dwight Yoakam's "Honky Tonk Man" airs on MTV
    Apr 25, 1994
    The Eagles perform live for the first time in 14 years at the Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, California. Two shows are shot for an MTV special, "The Eagles: Hell Freezes Over," forming the foundation for their album "Hell Freezes Over"
    Oct 26, 1994
    MTV premieres "The Eagles: Hell Freezes Over," a concert special shot the previous June that represents their reunion after a 14-year split
    Jun 26, 1996
    Steve Earle performs a court-ordered concert at the Cold Creek Correctional Facility in Henning, Tennessee, playing "Devil's Right Hand," "Ellis Unit One" and "Guitar Town." It airs as an MTV special, "To Hell And Back," in August
    Aug 17, 1996
    MTV airs "To Hell And Back," a Steve Earle concert taped in June at the Cold Creek Correctional Facility in Henning, Tennessee. Performances in the special include "Devil's Right Hand," "Ellis Unit One" and "Guitar Town"
    Sep 21, 2001
    TV stations air "America: A Tribute To Heroes" en masse 10 days after a terrorist attack. Willie Nelson leads the cast in the finale, "America, The Beautiful," with appearances by The Dixie Chicks, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Neil Young, Billy Joel, Tom Petty and Paul Simon, who contributes "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
    Jun 16, 2003
    MTV renames The National Network as Spike TV, bringing the TNN monicker to an end. The cable channel had started out as The Nashville Network, the channel devoted exclusively to country music

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